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Trial Judge Jails Orleans DA's Spokesman

Trial Judge Jails Orleans DA's Spokesman

The spokesman for Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has been released from jail after spending a few hours at the Orleans Parish Prison for contempt of court.

Judge Frank Marullo ordered Christopher Bowman jailed for 24 hours for speaking to the press about a decades-old murder case in violation of a gag order.

Bowman was booked at 3 p.m. Thursday but was released about two hours later after an appeals court reversed Marullo's ruling.

Bowman was quoted in a news story in The Advocate about the case of Juan Smith, who has been convicted in the killing of eight people in 1995. Smith had won appellate court relief and his case was back before Marullo this week.

Bowman criticized the judge in the news story for Marullo refusing a request by both prosecutors and the defense to delay an upcoming hearing for Smith.

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